May 17, 2011 / 10:04 PM / 7 years ago

PM to name cabinet, finance minister scraps U.S. talk

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce his new cabinet on Wednesday to fill five senior slots, officials said on Tuesday.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, widely expected to keep his post, unexpectedly canceled a planned speech in Boston he had been due to give on Thursday. No one was available in either the offices of Harper or Flaherty to explain his move.

Apart from Flaherty, the biggest question is whether Industry Minister Tony Clement will stay in that position.

Clement is currently reviewing a proposal by the London Stock Exchange to buy TMX Group, the operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Harper will unveil the new cabinet at 11:15 Eastern. He has five senior cabinet positions to fill after the May 2 election, when the Conservatives won a majority of seats but some ministers were not re-elected.

The vacant posts are at foreign affairs, transport, veterans affairs, the treasury board and intergovernmental affairs.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Janet Guttsman

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